17-year-old accused of stabbing teen girl in Devine in custody following manhunt

The suspect has been identified as Chase Skow. (Photo: Medina County Sheriff's Office)

MEDINA Co. - A teenager is in custody after leading investigators on a four-hour manhunt that started after he allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old girl.

Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown identified the suspect as Chase Skow, 17. He said Skow stabbed his 15-year-old friend in the backyard of a home in Medina County off County Road 6612, shortly before 1 p.m.

The girl was airlifted to University Hospital.

By the time investigators got on the scene, Skow was gone, according to Brown.

"From that we gathered information and started looking for the suspect,” Sheriff Brown said.

One neighbor said she saw the suspect run across her yard, so she sicked her dog on him and called 911, but the teen got away.

"We had the TDC [Texas Department of Corrections] prison dogs tracking with a bloodhound and was actually on the track,” Brown said.

Four hours into the search, investigators finally got a tip from someone at the Devine baseball field.

“We received a phone call from a citizen saying there was a guy here acting strange, was looking for water and we responded and were able to make the arrest,” Brown said.

Skow was arrested without incident at the Devine Football Field. The sheriff also said this wasn’t Skow’s first encounter with law enforcement. He allegedly assaulted a teacher a few years ago, according to investigators. He now face a charge of Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon.

At last check, Brown said he expected the 15-year-old victim to be okay.

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